Travel Information for International Students
Documents for Re-entry
I-20 Travel Signature:
F-1 visa students will need
a travel signature from the International Student Center on their I-20 in order
to return to the US from travel outside of the country. If you do not have a travel signature on your
I-20, you will be stopped at the US Port of Entry. (A signature on the I-20 is not needed for
travel within the United States). Travel
signatures are only given to students who are maintaining their F-1 status; students
who are out of status are not eligible for travel signatures.
Please note that it takes 5-7
days to process a travel signature request at the International Student Office; please plan accordingly.
There are no same day
To re-enter the U.S., F-1 visa students must carry the following
1. Valid passport (valid for at least 6 months)
2. Valid F-1 visa (except students from Canada)
3. Valid I-20 (with a recent travel signature on page 2)
4. OPT students: Employment Authorization Document (EAD) card
F-1 Visa Renewal:
Please contact the nearest foreign embassy in the U.S. to inquire about visa and travel requirements for visitors from other countries.
For information, please visit the following websites:
Your F-1 visa must be
valid in order for you to return to the United States; please check the
expiration date on your F-1 visa before traveling. When applying to renew your visa, you must
first obtain documentation verifying your status from the International Student
Center. Specifically you will need a
travel signature on your I-20, an official (sealed in an envelope) transcript
from IVC and a letter indicating your current status at the college. You are advised to check the US embassy
website to determine what other documents you will need to submit for the visa
renewal. For information regarding visa
renewal you may visit the International Student webpage at http://students.ivc.edu/internationalcenter/.
Travel to Canada, Mexico & Adjacent
A student in F-1 visa status can
re-enter the U.S. from Canada, Mexico and "adjacent islands" (except
Cuba) with an expired nonimmigrant visa.
This is known as Automatic Revalidation. Students cannot exceed 30 days outside the
United States and the I-20 must have a recent
Students must have a printout of their I-94
Arrival/Departure record when leaving the U.S. to successfully
re-entry to the U.S.
Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya, Sudan, North Korea, and Cuba are not eligible for the
automatic revalidation benefit and are required to have a valid visa for
Students who are
traveling to Mexico or the Caribbean by cruise ship must contact the cruise
line before making travel arrangements to confirm they will recognize automatic
revalidation and allow them to travel outside the U.S. without a valid F-1
The adjacent islands include:
Saint Pierre, Miquelon, the Dominican Republic, Haiti,
Bermuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Jamaica, the Windward and Leeward Islands,
Trinidad, Martinique, and other British, French, and Netherlands territory or
possessions in or bordering on the Caribbean Sea [Reference INA, Section
Traveling to Other Countries:
Always check the
visa requirements for the country you are traveling to before making any travel
arrangements. A visa may be required to enter certain
countries depending on your country of citizenship. Please visit http://www.state.gov/s/cpr/rls/dpl/32122.htm
for a list of foreign embassies/consulates in the US.
For more information, please visit the following websites:
If you have any questions, you may contact the International Student Center by email at email@example.com or call the International Student Center at 949-451-5414 and schedule an appointment with your advisor.